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  • First edition books

    Book jackets. They aren’t the main feature of the exhibition “Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,” which opened this week at the Morgan Library & Museum. But amid a display of nearly 100 items, including first editions, galley proofs, manuscripts and letters, they attract your eyes immediately. Which is just what they were meant to do.

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  • 14th Biennial of Istanbul

    The 14th Istanbul Biennial (5 September-1 November 2015), organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, will be drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with a number of alliances. She will seek the artistic advice of Cevdet Erek, the intellectual rigor of Griselda Pollock, the sensitivity of Pierre Huyghe, the curatorial imagination of Chus Martinez, the mindfulness of Marcos Lutyens, the acute gaze of Füsun Onur, the political philosophies of Anna Boghiguian, the youthful enthusiasm of Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the wise uncertainties of William Kentridge and manifold qualities and agencies to come as the process develops.

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  • James Franco playing Cindy Sherman and........fails

    Perhaps James Franco should just stick to acting. He remains embarrassingly clueless when it comes to art.
    In his latest art world foray, following previous outings in galleries and commissions for Performa, Mr. Franco is filling a celebrity artist slot at Pace Gallery, similar to the one that Bob Dylan occupies at Gagosian. His Pace debut is “New Film Stills,” a series of his photographs that restages some of Cindy Sherman’s seminal “Untitled Film Stills” of 1977-80 with what is supposed to be respectful transparency but comes across as uncomprehending cynicism.

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